The goddess Mazu has long been worshipped in Taiwan and the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage, which takes place every third lunar month, is the largest, highest-profile traditional religious event in the nation. Organized with the goal of promoting and transmitting the cultural essence of Mazu worship, the 2017 Taichung Mazu International Festival provides a series of Mazu-related professional performances and other events for visitors from Taiwan and the rest of the world, creating a festive ambiance that encourages guests to participate in these cultural activities.

Taiwanese Opera & Reviewing Stand

The highlights of the Mazu pilgrimage are its “qi jia” (“start-off”), “zhu shou” (“birthday congratulations) and “hui luan” (“return”) before the pilgrimage begins. An indispensable folk tradition, the Taiwanese Opera originates with performances given by residents. Professional traditional drama performers are now invited to perform in Dajia District during the event period in order to cultivate a diverse civic culture.

Lantern Festival Event
Every year, Dajia Jenn Lann Temple arranges a poe divination ritual to consult with Mazu regarding the pilgrimage date and time, and announces the result during the Lantern Festival Evening Party.